Netherlands, Groningen

Religion and Human Security in Africa

when 21 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 100

When it comes to human security in Africa, religion plays an important and yet understudied role. This interdisciplinary winter school scrutinizes religion as a destabilizing as well as beneficial factor for humans to feel safe in their personal environments. Security, here, refers to the levels of personal relationships (partnerships, families, ethnic communities), of economic challenges (labor market, financial security), as well as of international developments (postcolonial power-relations, ecological changes, etc.). To unpack the complexity of these levels of security, and to reveal their interrelatedness, the winter school will address concrete questions, such as, but not limited to:

- How would a postcolonial Africa look like without any aids and without a “teleology of development”?
- How can we understand religion in an economic market characterized by churches acting as big businesses, as well as by culturally adaptive systems that have fostered phenomena of modern-day slavery?
- What is the role of religion in discourses of sexuality and physical security?
- How does religion respond to ecological challenges and insecurities caused by climate change?

This exciting Winter/New Year School is research-driven and multidisciplinary, offering a wide range of perspectives. We invite you to bring in your knowledge and ambitions, and to share your experiences and questions.

Course leader

Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad

Target group

The Winter/New Year School is open for advanced undergraduate students (BA and MA), as well as to graduate students that are working on the topic of religion and (human) security from various perspectives. We invite you to bring in your knowledge and ambitions, and to share your experiences and questions.

Course aim

This Winter/New Year School intends to help you develop skills and attitudes that helps you:

Unpack the complexity of this topic, and to reveal their interrelatedness;
- Develop ethics, knowledge and critical thinking skills;
- Develop the ability to reflect on major approaches to the topic of religion and human security in Africa;
- Develop “soft skills”, e.g. (a) Writing and publishing; (b) Presentation skills; (c) Writing grant applications for PhD scholarships

Credits info

1 EC
The workload is estimated at 40 hours, including preparatory work and contact hours.

Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 100: The registration fee ( € 100) includes participation, breaks, lunches, and a dinner with the entire group. Flight tickets need to be arranged by the participants, but we can always advice you. Participants can apply for financial support (registration, travel costs).